30 Days of Poetry Love 2-Anthology- Danez Smith*

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Last year I celebrated National Poetry Month by conducting poetry interviews. And posting one a day, for the whole of April. Well this year, as I didn’t have enough time to gather new poets to interview and still in the middle of  my blog tour. So I thought of doing something different but I didn’t know what. Until I visited Poets.org and saw the many ways to celebrate this month was by doing an anthology. Continue reading

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End of the Year Blogging Review

End 2015 WRITE

Oh man 2015 will be coming to an end in just 15 hours and 59 seconds. And to spend the last couple of hours left in 2015, I’m doing an end of the year blogging review. I’ve already listed some of my 2015 writing accomplishments in a previous IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) post. You can read it here.

But today I’m showcasing and celebrating the best posts of the year. Here on Paving My Author’s Road and my old blog IHeartAllStories.
So, let the countdown begin!

Thanks and according to AddThis.com, the most popular posts/top visits of the year on IHeartAllStories, from 10 to 1 are:

10) IWSG- Why Writers Should Write Poetry

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3 Ways to Get Your Writing Plan Back On Track

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I meant to post this back in March on my old IHeartAllStories Weebly blog. But March was Women’s History Month. And the blog content then focused towards women. Women writers, past and present, celebrating amazing women and female characters. So I had to push it back.

Then April was a no go because it was National Poetry Month. And to celebrate I hosted a special month long poetry project. Featuring 30 days of poet interviews. I also participated in the poem-a-day challenge in the Scribophile poetry group forums. So it was pushed back again.

I didn’t know how I’d survive April but before I knew it, it was already May. My poetry project and challenge were completed. I passed my online class,  Warfare and Weapons of Ancient Egypt, with 85%. Although I’m 3 classes behind the How Writers Write Poetry class. But navigating the system to post your assignments is too much of a hassle. So I planned to catch up by watching the past beginner and master video sessions. Then apply what I’ve learned to sketch new poems for my poetry manuscripts. Continue reading

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!

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Credit image: National Poetry Month logo/Poets.org

If you weren’t aware already April is National Poetry Month. In celebration I’m participating in the poem-a-day challenge. And write 30 poems in 30 days. I’m two days short but will remedy that before the clock strikes 12pm tonight. I’ve ordered a free National Poetry Month poster which is now taped on my bedroom door. Signed up on Poets.org to receive new poems a day in my email.

I’ve also been doing a special poetry project of my own on my IHeartAllStories website. Where I’ve gathered and interviewed 30 poets. My aim was to raise the profile of poetry. To show how it is relevant and that poetry is all around us. As well as to spread a little poetry love and promote other poets.

I had a hard time choosing which poem to carry around for Poem in Your Pocket Day. It was a close call between John Keats “Bright Star,” Edwin Arlington Robinson “Dear Friends,” Claude McKay “The Tropics of New York,” and Wilfred Owen “Anthem for Doomed Youth.” But there was one poem that drowned out the rest. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. It spoke to me. And left me spellbound:

Spellbound

Emily Brontë

The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow;
But a tyrant spell has bound me
And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
And the storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below;
But nothing drear can move me;
I will not, cannot go.

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